How to Help Your Child Adjust to Their New Eyeglasses

Calgary Children's Eye Doctor How to Help Your Child Adjust to Their New Eyeglasses

Struggling to get your child to wear his/her eyeglasses? Our children’s eye doctor can help you pick out a pair they’ll love


Your child’s first pair of eyeglasses is an important investment and will make a crucial difference to the clarity and comfort of their vision. In addition, they will:

  • Allow them to perform better in school & sports activities
  • Reduce any headaches and/or discomfort caused by poor vision
  • Protect the health of your child’s eye

However, one of the biggest struggles many parents face is getting their children to wear their new spectacles.

Children’s Eye Doctors in Calgary

Enlisting the help of a professional kid’s eye doctor can make all the difference as they can help find eyeglasses that has the right fit, shape and design for your child’s face, ensuring that it’s a pair your little one will love to show off!

At Sunridge Eye Clinic, our skilled and experienced kid’s eye doctors can provide comprehensive services from eye exams to contact lenses to protect the long-term health and comfort of your child’s vision.

 

How to Help Your Child Adjust to Their New Eyeglasses

Most vision problems don’t show up until later on in life, but if your child needs eyeglasses early on, a qualified children’s eye doctor can help him/her get the proper prescription, lenses and frames.

Not sure if your child will adjust to the new addition on her face? There’s really nothing to worry about! Children are amazingly adaptable and, with the help of your kid’s eye doctor and these tips, your child will probably get used to his/her new eyeglasses in no time.

What to Do/Say:

Help Your Child Understand the Importance of Wearing Eyeglasses

If your child has never worn eyeglasses before, they may not understand how beneficial wearing them can be. Make sure that you or the kid’s eye doctor explains that wearing glasses will prevent trouble in school or headaches and help them participate more comfortably in activities with their friends.

Allow Them to Choose the Style of Frames

Eyeglasses for kids today are very trendy and stylish. If your little one loves the pair they pick, they will be much happier to wear them, making for an easier transition for everyone. Kid’s eye doctors often recommend picking two pairs - so if your child loves the bright colored eyeglasses, compromise with a more conservative second pair.

Remind Them That Other People Wear Glasses Too!

Many children have friends/family members or know TV characters who wear eyeglasses. Remind them of this as it will make it easier for them to recognize that they are not alone and will keep them from believing that there is something wrong with them.

Be Patient

When a child gets their first pair of eyeglasses, it can be a nuisance for the parents! Kids tend to forget to put on their spectacles and will leave them anywhere they want. But that’s ok! It’s important to allow your child to get used to wearing their eyeglasses.

Ask the children’s eye doctor to talk to them about how to care for their spectacles including:

  • Not lending them to their friends
  • Taking the glasses off with both hands
  • Leaving them in a safe place so they won’t get broken

Remind Them That They Can Still do Their Regular Activities

Children tend to worry that they won’t be able to do all the things they used to be able to do with their eyeglasses. But this isn’t true! Our kid’s eye doctors can recommend a variety of products including contact lenses, sports glasses or stronger frames, to help children who are more active.

Want to know how our children’s eye doctor can help you find the perfect pair of eyeglasses?

 

Children & Contact Lenses

For young patients who are very active, the children’s eye doctor may suggest contact lenses as an alternative to eyeglasses. While it’s natural for parents to be hesitant concerning this option, it’s important to know that contact lenses can provide significant benefits including:

  • Clearer & more comfortable vision
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Improved performance in sports and other activities
  • Better peripheral vision
  • Eye protection (there is no risk of injury from broken eyeglass lenses)

Has your child ever talked about contact lenses? Book an appointment with your Calgary kid’s eye doctor as they can help determine whether your child is ready for the important responsibility of wearing and caring for contact lenses correctly.

 

Learn More

To find out more about the wide range of eye care services for children at our Calgary clinic, contact our kid’s eye doctor at 403-280-7518 or fill in our online contact form.


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